As with most people I have owned a number of cheaper grills, in my lifetime. I was under the impression that a grill was a grill and nothing would really differ between them. Then I started researching to see what I could find. After a while it became very clear that Weber had the market cornered. As with most people I wanted a well-made grill that could stand the test of time. I looked at the different grill series such as Spirit, Genesis, and Summit. After weighing my options I decided to go with the Genesis series.
Selection & Reason
I looked at all the Genesis models to determine which, was the best fit.
E-310: Appears to be a nice grill but decided against it, because I wanted the stainless steel grill grates and flavorizer bars.
S-310: Has the stainless steel grates and flavorizer bars, and a stainless steel lid. From researching this grill I found that the lid is made of a lower grade stainless steel, than that of the grill grates. Also the stainless steel lid tends to stain pretty easy with smoking over time.
EP-310: Has both the stainless steel grill grates and the flavorizer bars and has the option for a more personalized look.
E-330, S-330, EP-330: All come with a sear station and side burner in addition to the normal setup of the 310 models. I did not see a point in the sear station nor the side burner. All the above grills are capable of providing sear marks, and is not a necessity. The side burner is something I have had on previous grill, and have never been used. I am doubtful I'd use it on a new grill, or future one.
When all was said and done I decided to go with the EP-310 *duh* I love that that this grill comes with the stainless steel grill grates and flavorizer bars. I also liked the idea I could select a color to make it more personalized. The stainless steel grill grates and flavorizer bars should be easier to clean and keep for a longer time. As far as color on the EP-310, I selected smoke with a charcoal grey look to it. I am very happy with my selection and believe it has a very tough look.
Now that I had selected my grill of choice I needed to pick some add-ons.
Weber Rotisserie kit: I had never done rotisserie before, but I knew this was something I just had to get.
Weber Smoking kit w/SS Grate: I thought this went hand in hand with the Rotisserie and was not about to get one without the other.
Weber LED grill light: One of the coolest add-ons you can get for your grill.
Non-Weber Grill Cover: The only Non-Weber add-on was the grill cover. I found a decent grill cover at Home Depot, and spent half the money on it.
The add-ons were a no brainer for me, as with most research you see what others had done. I looked at it as what would I do with this grill and why. The Rotisserie is just amazing and the added smoke flavor is a nice touch to just about any food I have grilled. The coolest of the add-ons would have to be the grill lights. I purchased two of them *even though they say one will work* the amount of light on a dark evening is just about perfect.
Assembled with Add-Ons
My first impression as it sits on my patio is... "Wow, what a thing of beauty". I am ever so pleased at how sturdy this grill is. Of course everyone who knows of weber, is familiar with the shake test. This grill is solid and each time I go to a place that sells grills, I can't help but go and shake. It is a sad truth, but I get such a kick out of how much nicer my grill is than the ones on display. This is a guilty pleasure that I'll just have to endure.
The very first thing I noticed *Day One* was how evenly the heat distribution was. I was absolutely amazed at how even the heat and cook was/is. My last grill *Charbroil Commercial Series*, couldn't hold a candle to my Weber Genesis. On my old grill I was used to move meat/veggies around the grill to get the required temperatures. Now I just set the grill to the temperature I want, prep the grates and off we go.
I absolutely love the rotisserie and smoker combination. This past Thanks Giving we had the family gathering at our house. I did a rotisserie turkey and bone in ham. *Separately of course* I brined the turkey and marinated the ham both for two days. Then at 6:00am Thanks Giving morning I started my venture. I had apple wood smoke rolling from the smoker and water in the pan below the meat. This would be the first year our family has had a turkey or ham from the grill. Needless to say, I was very anxious to see what everyone's thoughts were.
With an hour of prep and 6 hours of rotisserie and smoke.... I got my answer. The family was in awe of the flavor and amazed at how juicy and tender the meat was. I was asked to make rotisserie/smoke another ham for Christmas, and of course agreed. The following day my siblings complained that they did not get enough turkey, so I had to make another turkey too. My wife's response was my favorite "That's the best turkey I have ever had". I would have to say that this scenario has been the best experience thus far and I was/am very proud of the results.
Note: I did get the same response at Christmas, and couldn't be happier. I was informed by the family that they would be happy with me doing both the ham and turkey for every year. *don't know if I'm down with that, but we'll see*
I have only had a single issue with my grill and it was involving the tank scale. It was not reading correctly, and needed to be replaced. I called Weber and with a simple explanation of the issue, I was sent a working replacement within a few days. I have called with multiple inquiries throughout the researching process and was never turned away. Each and every time I had an inquiry, I was met with a polite and direct response. I was/am very pleased with Weber's ability to service their customers *namely me*.